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Problems as Possibilities: Problem-Based Learning for K-16 Education
by Linda Torp
We're all learners on life's journey, and often the messy problems we encounter present us with the best education. Researchers are finding that the same concept holds true for students in our classrooms.
Problem-based learning (PBL) is an authentic, experiential form of learning centered around the collaborative investigation and resolution of real-world problems. In PBL,...more
Paperback, 129 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
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Problems as Possibilities is the clearest articulation of a wholistic constructivist approach to education that I have read. Building on the foundations of John Dewey, Bloom's taxonomy and Understanding by Design, Torp and Sage lay out an instructional approach built around ill-structured problems in clear and concise language with lots of concrete examples that make it accessible as a practical tool. That is to say it would be easy to use this book as a guide to developing problem-based learnin ...more
I'm excited to delve into more problem-based learning in my classroom. I wish this book had more humanities examples, but there's a pretty good resource section in the back, so I'm hoping I can use that to find more examples of PBL in action in my content/grade level.